(1) Farmed salmon. To produce salmon at a more cost effective and rapid pace, salmon are being farmed by the tens of thousands in small single-net cages. Not only are there many environmental risks with farmed salmon, there are also health risks, too. Wild salmon gets its pink or reddish flesh from its diet of krill and plankton, which contains astaxanthin. This natural antioxidant is in the same family of beta-carotenes that gives carrots their orange color. Farmed salmon are often fed an unnatural diet of grains, as well as antibiotics and other drugs, which can cause their flesh to turn a grayish color. Since customers expect salmon to be pink, they are unlikely to buy the grayish salmon. This led fish farming companies to find a way to make synthetic astaxanthin to feed the fish, which artificially makes the salmon’s flesh change to the desired pink/red hue. This chemical fed to salmon has been banned in Australia and New Zealand.

(2) Azodicarbonamide. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce azodicarbonmide, because you can just call it bleach, because that is exactly what it does. This chemical is banned in most European countries, Singapore and Australia. It is used as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner, as well as used to make yoga mats and sneaker soles. In America, it is found in our boxed pasta mixes, breads, frozen dinners and packaged baked goods. The World Health Organization (WHO) linked azondicarbonamide to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.

(3) Flame retardant. Brominated vegetable oil was first patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant. It was approved by the FDA in 1977 and has been used by numerous companies such as Gatorade, Coca-Cola and Mountain Dew. In recent years, reports of the toxic effects of the chemical have become public. This led some companies to report that they have stopped using the flame retardant in their products. It has been banned in 19 countries since.

(4) Tainted meat. Ractopamine is a drug used in a large percentage of U.S livestock. Why? To make the animal more muscular and reduce the fat content, which in turn produces more revenue. It has many side effects to the cardiovascular system. Much of the drug’?s research has been hidden by the FDA, which has been sued for withholding information about Ractopamine. The drug has been banned in more than 160 countries around the world.

(5) Arsenic-laced chicken. That’s right. The chemical that has been used by terrorists to kill innocent people is approved by the FDA to be used in chicken feed. The reason? The chicken grow quicker and look more appealing with arsenic-laced feed. The use of arsenic in food is banned in 28 countries. The ingestion of this substance can cause anemia, skin lesions, kidney failure and much more.

(6) Flour. Potassium bromate is a powerful oxidizing agent that chemically ages flour much faster than open air. It also bleaches dough and enhances its elasticity. It is found in many popular hamburger and hot dog buns. Since 1914, when it was first patented, it has remained legal in the U.S even though in 1982 it was found to cause cancer in the thyroids and kidneys of rats and mice. Since that time, is has been banned in the European Union, China and Canada.

(7) Synthetic Hormones. Fake hormones such as rBGH and rBST made by Monsanto are injected into cows to extend their peak milk production cycles. More milk; more money. Many studies have shown that these synthetic hormones vastly increase the risk of breast cancer. rBGH and rBST have been banned in 30 countries.

(8) Fat-free Substitute. Olestra is a fat substitute chemical that is found in french fries and potato chips. It is billed as a “fat-free substitute” for butter but has been linked to a high risk of weight gain. It has been named one of the worst substances ever created and is banned in the United Kingdom and Canada.

(9) Pink Slime. Lean, finely textured beef is best known as Pink Slime. It is a beef-based product that reduces the overall fat content of ground beef. In 2001, the U.S limited Pink Slime to no more than 25 percent in each pound of ground beef or beef-based packaged product. The reasoning? Pink Slime is exposed to ammonia to kill E.coli and Salmonella bacteria. Pink Slime is outlawed in Canada and the European Union.

(10) Food Color & Dyes. We are more attracted to brightly colored food. The large commercial food companies know this and add artificial colors and dyes to many of our favorite foods to make them more appealing. Some of these dyes and chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects and behavioral conditions. Norway and Austria have banned the coloring of food products.

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